CUP holders Argyle Ladies eased into the semi-finals of the Devon Senior Cup with an impressive victory over a resilient Marine Academy Plymouth.
The recurrence of a niggling injury to Kayley Lane in the warm-up forced a quick reshuffle and there was also a debut for Greece Under-20 international Giota Papaipannou for a game played in a howling wind.
MAP set up in a solid defensive format and also had goalkeeper Amy Carpenter in fine form, as she denied Faye Ivall with a superb point-blank save. The Pilgrims were playing some tremendous football and got their reward when Papaipannou volleyed in a delightful opener.
The decisive second was even better, as Jessica Jones sliced through the MAP defence with a searing run and rifled an emphatic finish into the roof of the net. Argyle continued to dominate after the break but a strong resistance from MAP prevented any further scoring.
The Argyle development side remain top of the FA Women’s South-West League Western Division, despite conceding a late equaliser at Pen Mill. The home side started brightly and got the breakthrough with a scrambled goal after Sarah Prior had pulled off two super saves for Argyle.
The second period was a transformation, as Gabi Alphous drew the scores level with a composed finish and Jodie Randall gave us the lead with an angled drive. Victory was moments away when Pen Mill grabbed their point with a fierce drive.